First of all, the battle was completely randomized- rolled for the mission (came up with Trench Fight- which was awesome since it was Joe's first experience with fortifications and Sean's first experience attacking them), and also rolled for the German list that Sean would be running. Sean rolled up the 12.SS Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers supported by Brummbars!
12.SS Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers (Fearless vet)
US Glider Rifles
Joe starts with a Rifle Platoon and the Engineers on the board. His Shermans are in ambush.
The preliminary bombardment isn't terribly effective, although two ambushing shermans are knocked out.
Brummbars were called forward to shatter the Americans' position
Panzergrenadiers race forward!
The German left
The Americans hunker down in their freshly dug defensive positions.
A recently captured bunker is repurposed and filled with yanks.
The American point of view.
SS Scouts head out first, ready to probe the enemy lines.
Panzergrenadiers zip down a narrow lane.
A T intersection is secured.
Panzerwerfers loose a bombardment
The line holds, but casualties are taken!
Panzergrenadiers reach the line
Brummbars double time into position
The German right
Panzergrenadiers debus and move into a yard
HMGs open fire!
Brummbars continue to push forward
The Panzergrenadiers on the right debus in the face of HMG fire from the Engineers
Panzer IVs crash through the Church's plot
One Brummbar noses forward, crushing wire beneath it.
Shermans spring their ambush!
Despite being in range, the Americans cannot get motivated to jump out of their trenches and knock out the brummbar!
Panzergrenadiers get to the wire, ready to cut it
The halftracks cover their advance with MG fire
The American left flank is also threatened
On the American right, the wire is cleared!
The Panzer IVs, under fire from the Shermans, move forward firing wildly on the entrenched Americans.
And here is where I stopped getting pictures. You'll have to check Joe's blog for the rest of the pics!
In summary, the Germans broke through the lines and pushed the Americans back, but the guys ran out of time as Joe had to head home.